American Craft Beer Exports Continue to Grow in UKaletalk
American Craft Beer Exports Exceed All-Time Global High with $121 Million
The Brewers Association (BA) – the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent American craft brewers – today reported export data for the American craft beer industry in 2016. Supported by the BA’s Export Development Program (EDP), craft beer export volume increased by 4.4 percent in 2016, now totalling 465,617 barrels and worth $121.4 million.
Growth was seen across the world, most notably in the Asia-Pacific region (not including Japan) which grew 12.9 percent. Japan, alone, increased by an astounding 22.6 percent.
In the UK, American craft beer exports grew by 4.4 percent in volume during 2016. The UK is the second largest export market for American craft beer and accounts for 10.1% of all exports behind Canada with 54.8 percent. Sweden is third with 6.6 percent, followed by Australia with 4.6 percent and China with 3.2 percent of exports.
There are now more small and independent breweries in the States than ever before with the number of operating breweries growing 16 percent in 2016 to reach 5,301 breweries in total. Throughout 2016 there were 826 new openings and only 97 closings. Small and independent craft brewers now represent 12.3 percent by volume of the overall beer industry in the States.